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You Are Good

You Are Good

Today has been a good day. The kind of day when you feel like you're coming home, when you're reminded of who you are and who you can be. The kind of day when God seems more real and more present than usual. I’m stepping out into some big, risky, God-inspired...

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Support the Journey Center

Support the Journey Center

Hey friends, I'm so grateful to be serving on the board of The Journey Center. We are a spiritual oasis where ALL are welcome to encounter the Holy and be renewed. Although we are unabashedly Christ-centered, we are open to people of all faiths or no faith at...

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So This Is What It’s Like

So This Is What It’s Like

Here's a recording from the BraveMaker Film Fest event last Friday night. It's not perfect — We only ran through these songs a few times before we were performing them for an audience! — but I'm still happy with the way it turned out. What a gift to play...

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Healthy and Helpful Dialogue

Healthy and Helpful Dialogue

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to witness a public conversation between Justin Lee, author of "Torn: Rescuing the Gospel from the Gays-vs.-Christians Debate" and founder of Q Christian Fellowship (originally called the Gay Christian Network)...

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Joining the Board of Santa Rosa’s Journey Center

Joining the Board of Santa Rosa’s Journey Center

For over a decade, the Journey Center has been welcoming all who seek a spiritual path toward healing and wholeness. Although we are unabashedly Christ-centered, we are open to people of all faiths or no faith at all. When the Journey Center says “All are...

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BraveMaker Film Screening and Podcast Recording

BraveMaker Film Screening and Podcast Recording

Really proud to be on the BraveMaker podcast this week. I was so honored to be a part of their live event last Friday night with filmmakers Nic Jara and Ksenia Firsova, photographer Erin Ashford, and BraveMaker Film Fest hosts...

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Pics from BraveMaker Performance

Pics from BraveMaker Performance

Just had to share some more pics from Friday night’s BraveMaker Film Fest event. I’m so grateful I had the opportunity to play music with my kids and to speak on a great panel of LGBTQ+ artists!📷: Evan Ajuria

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I Believed Him

I Believed Him

I believed him. Because when victims of targeted violence come forward, we should believe them.I believed him. Because the number of anti-LGBT criminal offenses reported to the FBI—and the number of reported hate crimes overall—continues to rise. And because most...

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Creating a Common Memory: An Evening with Mark Charles

Creating a Common Memory: An Evening with Mark Charles

I didn’t know exactly what I was getting into tonight. To be honest, I didn’t know much about Mark Charles or his work. I knew I wanted to support the Journey Center and my friend Mindy Braun, who organized this event. But as I sit in my car in the...

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You’re So Beautiful: Praying for Jussie Smollett

Jussie Smollett's "You're So Beautiful (White Party Version)" from the TV show Empire was one of the songs I listened to over and over and over in the months before I came out as gay in the summer of 2016. For me, the words were such a joyful burst of...

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Not a Good Look

This is not a good look for The Evangelical Covenant Church. It's fascinating for me to watch all of this from the outside....

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